Just the other day, I was talking with a friend of mine about my upcoming 42-day odyssey to Thailand and Laos. When I told him about the new lightweight laptop computer and all the electronic gear that I was planning to carry with me on the trip, he got very alarmed. It seems that he was concerned that I might either get ripped off or lose some of my valuable electronic equipment. To get some idea of the whole gamut of things that I will be lugging around with me on this trip, see Carry-on madness. I told him I wasn’t too concerned about losing some of the larger items, as they are relatively easy to keep track of. It is the smaller stuff that always gives me problems when traveling. Somehow that seems contrary to the famous saying, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Please let it be known that as a security precaution, I purchased a special lock cable for the laptop
I admit that I have a tendency to be a little but unorganized (some people may go so far as calling me scatterbrained) and from time to time I have misplaced things temporarily only to find them later on. Several years ago, while flying to Cancun, Mexico, I accidentally left my prescription glasses behind on my seat. I didn’t realize this until I got off the plane and I hurriedly checked with airline officials to see if they could find my glasses on the plane. No such luck! All was not lost though as I had my prescription sunglasses to fall back on. I must have looked like a very shady character as I was forced to wear my prescription sunglasses at night in order to see but WTF. Carrying two pair of prescription glasses on a trip (regular and sunglasses) can be a real hassle, I have simplified things a bit this year, as I am now wearing only prescription glasses for distance along with clip-on sunglasses for the outdoors. Should make things a lot easier.
Another ‘mickey mouse mishap” almost took place when I was in Thailand last November. I chartered a taxi to take a lady friend and myself from Kanchanaburi to the Bangkok Airport, a good 2-Â½ hour ride for a local flight on Thai Airways to Chiang Mai. As the taxi driver took the wrong route to get to the airport, he got me there on the late side. I was really up against the clock ‘so to speak” to catch my flight. After sprinting inside the airport terminal with all my baggage accompanied by my friend (who made a detour to the bathroom), I realized that I left my tripod in the trunk of the taxi. Whipping out my cell phone, I called my lady friend who was still in the bathroom and had her retrieve my tripod. That was a close call!
In order to keep track of all the electronic accessories and miscellaneous personal items, I have decided to carry with me a personalized Travel Packing List that I will type up before I leave home. When I change hotels, the travel-packing list will come in very handy as I will be able check everything off the list and make sure I don’t leave anything behind. Except a nice healthy tip for the maid of course!